Dec 28, 2020, 02:21 AM
Bill Reforming How Past Criminal Convictions are Reviewed for Professional Licensure Signed by Gov. Wolf
Act 53 of 2020 will afford skilled workers with a criminal history a second chance to obtain occupational licensure.
Dec 23, 2020, 11:30 AM
Pa. Supreme Court Holds That Physicians Cannot Be Held Liable under the Mental Health Procedures Act for Harm Caused by Mentally ill Patient
On Dec. 22, 2020, in a 6-1 decision, the Pa. Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against the doctors who did not take steps to involuntarily commit a man who killed one person and injured others in a March 2012 shooting at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic cannot go forward.
Dec 23, 2020, 11:02 AM
2020 HOD Proceedings and Final Actions Now Available
Get the final HOD proceedings and final actions from the 2020 House of Delegate here.
Dec 22, 2020, 15:30 PM
DOS Waiver Authorizes Certain Practitioners to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests
On Dec. 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued a regulatory waiver, approved by Governor Wolf, that authorizes chiropractors, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and podiatrists to order and administer COVID-19 tests for the duration of the current emergency declaration and an additional 90-days.
Dec 22, 2020, 11:26 AM
Reminder: Dec. 31, 2020 Is the Deadline to Review and Dispute Open Payments Data
The deadline to review and dispute 2019 Open Payments data is Dec. 31, 2020. While physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged that you do so to ensure that records attributed to you are both accurate and complete.
Dec 22, 2020, 11:00 AM
Pa. to Enable Retired Health Care Professionals to Assist With COVID-19 Response
Get details on the changes.
Dec 22, 2020, 10:40 AM
DOS Licensure Changes in Response to COVID-19 Include Expedited Temporary Licensure for Out-of-State Practitioners
Pa. will allow expedited temporary licensure to practitioners who are licensed in other states so that they may provide health care services to Pennsylvanians for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
Dec 17, 2020, 14:08 PM
HHS Begins Distribution of Phase 3 Provider Relief Funds
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Dec. 16, 2020 that it has completed its review of applications to the Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program and it will begin distributing $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 providers immediately. Distributions will continue into January 2021.
Dec 15, 2020, 12:50 PM
STATEMENT: PAMED Urges Congress to Go Back to the Drawing Board in Developing Solution to Surprise Billing
PAMED issued the following statement strongly urging Congress to go back to the drawing board and put together a more balanced surprise billing proposal – one that does not heavily favor insurers, diminish the essential role physicians play in delivering life-saving treatments, or reduce access to care.
Dec 12, 2020, 11:11 AM
Pa. Department of Health Publishes Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Plan; FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine
The Pa. Department of Health recently published its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan. In addition, the FDA issued an EUA for the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Dec 10, 2020, 11:54 AM
Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Challenging How Risk and Complication Evidence May Be Presented at Trial
On Dec. 10, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the plaintiffs in the case of Kirksey v. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh et al. Find out what this means.
Dec 9, 2020, 11:47 AM
Take Action: Urge Your Congressman to Include Critical Safeguards in Surprise Billing Legislation
This is a critical issue impacting both patients and providers. Your member of congress needs to hear from YOU RIGHT NOW on the key provisions that MUST be included to appropriately address this problem.
Dec 4, 2020, 02:30 AM
2021 Medical Record Copying Fees Available to Members in Convenient Chart
Members can find the Department of Health's 2021 medical copying fees on PAMED's convenient chart.
Dec 3, 2020, 14:34 PM
Highlights of CMS 2021 Quality Payment Program Final Rule
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule which includes the Quality Payment Program (QPP). PAMED's Practice Support Team will be taking a deeper dive into the 2,165-page rule, but here are some highlights related to the QPP.
Dec 3, 2020, 14:08 PM
CMS Finalizes 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule – Includes Decrease in Conversion Factor and Telehealth Expansion
On Dec. 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. PAMED's Practice Support Team started analyzing the 2,165-page rule, and here are some highlights.
Dec 3, 2020, 11:37 AM
ABMS Delays Call for Comments for Draft Standards for Continuing Certification
Due to the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases, the ABMS has postponed the opening of the public comment period until April 2021, pending the status of the COVID-19 surge and the hospital caseload at that time.
Dec 2, 2020, 15:20 PM
HHS Issues Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Reforms
The United States Department of Health and Humans Services has published two final rules that amend the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.
Dec 2, 2020, 14:31 PM
Reminder: Upcoming MIPS Important Dates and Deadlines
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind clinicians of important upcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) dates and deadlines.
Dec 2, 2020, 14:24 PM
Deadline to MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application Extended
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application deadline to Feb. 1, 2021.
Nov 24, 2020, 08:36 AM
2020 PAMPAC General Election Recap
Here is a 2020 general election recap from PAMPAC.